Religion and politics

In this Sunday, July 7, 2019, photo, Liao Qiang, right, and his daughter Ren Ruiting speak during an interview with The Associated Press at a church in Taipei, Taiwan. Liao arrived in Taiwan last week after fleeing China with five family members. They plan to seek asylum in the United States. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
July 08, 2019 - 7:29 pm
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Sunday service this week at an unassuming church in Taiwan was especially moving for one man. It was the first time Liao Qiang had worshipped publicly since authorities shut down his church in China seven months ago. The 49-year-old arrived in Taiwan last week after...
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FILE - In this April 19, 2019 file photo, a gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan. A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to Americans’ opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
July 08, 2019 - 7:05 am
Americans' age, education level and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to their opinions on a prospective clergy member's sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on social issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion, a new poll shows. The survey released Monday by The...
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In this image made from video taken on Saturday, July 6, 2019, by North Korean Uriminzokkiri state-run website, shows the son of the highest-profile South Korean ever to defect to North Korea, Choe In-guk giving a statement to media as he arrived in the North to permanently resettle. Choe, the son of a former South Korean foreign minister, said he's over 70 years old and that he decided to live in North Korea for the rest of his life because it was his parents' "dying wishes" for him to "follow" North Korea and work for its unification with South Korea, according to a written statement published on the website. (Uriminzokkiri via AP)
July 08, 2019 - 5:56 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The son of the highest-profile South Korean to defect to North Korea has arrived in the North to permanently resettle, North Korean state media said. If confirmed, it would be an unusual case of a South Korean defecting to the impoverished, authoritarian North. The state-...
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In this June 23, 2019 photo, Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, right, and South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski, left, bow their heads in prayer during a town hall community meeting at Washington High School in South Bend, Ind. Several Democratic White House hopefuls are explicitly connecting their faith to their agendas, making a values-based appeal to religious swing voters who will be critical in next year’s election after white evangelicals broke heavily for President Donald Trump. (Robert Franklin/South Bend Tribune via AP)
July 07, 2019 - 2:12 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When 10 Democratic presidential candidates were pressed on immigration policy during their recent debate, Pete Buttigieg took his answer in an unexpected direction: He turned the question into a matter of faith. Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, accused Republicans who...
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July 05, 2019 - 5:53 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish prosecutors have charged three men under Denmark's anti-terror laws on suspicion of buying drones and components with the purpose of delivering them to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq where they were to be used "in combat actions." Prosecutor Kristian...
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In this July 2, 2019 photo, people pray at the gravesite of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson in the Queens borough of New York. Men and women, young and old, make their way from around the city, the country and the world to this unassuming site, the burial place of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, to pay their respects to the life and teachings of the revered Jewish leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement who died twenty-five years ago in June 1994. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
July 05, 2019 - 12:07 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It's quiet in the middle of the day on the streets of this residential neighborhood in New York City's borough of Queens — except for the steady stream of visitors coming in and out of one particular small converted house next to a cemetery. The men and women, young and old, have...
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Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, right, and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose for a photo at the Chigi palace in Rome, Thursday, July 4, 2019. Putin emphasized historically strong ties with Italy during a one-day visit to Rome that included a meeting with Pope Francis. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
July 04, 2019 - 3:40 pm
ROME (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday for help in improving relations between the European Union and Russia and stop sanctions on Moscow. After meeting with Conte as part of a one-day visit to Rome, Putin said he hopes Italy will...
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FILE - In this May 21, 2019, file photo, Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi, greets people during a function in New Delhi, India. Gandhi has resigned as president of India's opposition Congress party to take responsibility for its crushing defeat in recent elections. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)
July 03, 2019 - 7:57 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Rahul Gandhi resigned Wednesday as president of India's opposition Congress party, long led by his politically powerful family, to take responsibility for its crushing defeat in recent elections. Gandhi announced his resignation on Twitter, saying he was stepping down because...
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July 03, 2019 - 10:53 am
A North Carolina man charged with anonymously threatening to lynch a Muslim-American political candidate in Virginia also is accused of posting an anti-Semitic threat on a Florida synagogue's Facebook page. An FBI agent outlined those allegations against 52-year-old Joseph Cecil Vandevere in an...
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July 03, 2019 - 2:00 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian woman who doctors say should receive psychiatric treatment has been named a suspect in a blasphemy case after taking a dog into a mosque, sparking calls for the frequently abused law to be repealed. A video circulating online in Muslim-majority Indonesia...
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